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Renee
16 March 2006 @ 08:11 pm
There is a new buzz word in the LDS Genealogy community it's called "Scanstone". What is Scanstone and how will it effect you? Well Scanstone is the name of the LDS Church's new massive scanning project. The Church is scanning all the records held in their Granite Mountain Vault and digitizing them. The project is expected to be completed within the next 10 years. The result will give everyone, with internet access, the ability to search and have billions of indexed genealogy records at your finger tips.

This project is just fantastic and the technology used to do it is incredible. The 11 March 2006 issue of the Church News has an article all about this project " Unlocking the Vault - Conversion to Digital Records is Progressing". If you don't have a copy you can now read the article on the LDS.org website at http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,40-1-3384-9,00.html You won't read the buzz word "Scanstone" there but you will be in the know.

SIDE NOTE: (From a Friend) "Some of the staff from the vault have indicated that they had between 4 and 6 of the machines that digitize the microfilm rolls going full time about two shifts a day. It takes them about 30 minutes to process one roll of film. They are prepared to start using 10 of these scanners as soon as they receive the go-ahead. I was told that they have the ability to scale that up to being able to use 25 of these scanners."

If your interested there is a slideshow presentation on Scanstone available on line in PDF format. This is the presentation by Dave Rencher at the last FGS/UGA conference in September 2005 where he mentions the Church's scanning project. To download the PDF go to http://www.familysearch.org/ look under News & Events and click on the link Recent & Archive articles - it's the 9 Sept 2005 article "FGS Conference Sees Bright Future". Look for David Rencher's article "Societies Going Virtual". You can download the PDF and show it as a slideshow using the free Adobe Reader 7.

Some of you might of heard earlier about "FamilySearch Indexing" an aspect of "Scanstone". This is where the Church is enlisting the help of thousands to index all those newly digitized records. I hear that the FamilySearch Indexing staff has been pleasantly surprised at the thousands of people signing up to help with this online indexing of the digitized films.  You can get info and sign up on their web site http://familysearchindexing.org/

If you want to hear a free presentation on "FamilySearch Indexing", Stephen Valentine will be giving a presentation on it at the Salt Lake Granger West Stake Family History Seminar. The FH Seminar is 29 April 2006 you can email GrangerWestFHC@gmail.com for more information. (Alan Mann will be speaking there too!) Like I said the Seminar is free, open to the public. If you want a syllabus you can purchase it for $10.00 and get a Catered Sack Lunch for $7.00.

If you want a video/DVD on FamilySearch Indexing there is one available through the Utah Valley PAF Users Group (UVPAFUG). Stephen Valentine (Manager of Indexing Operations of the LDS Church) gave a presentation on it Aug 2005 to them. http://www.uvpafug.org/videos.html. It's video/dvd #66 "Family Search Indexing" You would have to be a member of UVPAFUG to purchase a video/dvd or borrow it. Membership is only $10.00 for an electronic version of their newsletter PAFology and the right to borrow or purchase about 80 different video/dvd presentations and classes. A DVD would cost you $3.00.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!
 
 
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